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Perseus held his shield in a stationery position to see Medusa’s reflection and sneaked up behind her while she was still sleeping.

(A) stationery position to see Medusa’s reflection and sneaked up behind
(B) stationery position to see Medusa’s reflection and snuck up behind
(C) stationary position to see Medusa’s reflection and sneaked up behind
(D) stationary position to see Medusa’s reflection and snuck up behind
(E) stationary position and saw Medusa’s reflection to sneak up behind
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I wonder whether spelling mistakes are in the hotlist of GMAT. But considering that we need an adjective to quality the noun “position”, lets us go for the time being with the latter three. Let us also drop E for altering the intent.

Between D and E, except for the two forms of the past tense of the verb sneak, I am at a loss to pin-pont any significant difference. In this context, let me quote the usage note from thefreedictionary.com regarding the use of snuk an sneaked,

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/sneaked

Usage Note: Snuck is an Americanism first introduced in the 19th century as a nonstandard regional variant of sneaked. Widespread use of snuck has become more common with every generation. It is now used by educated speakers in all regions. Formal written English is more conservative than other varieties, of course, and here snuck still meets with much resistance. Many writers and editors have a lingering unease about the form, particularly if they recall its nonstandard origins. And 67 percent of the Usage Panel disapproved of snuck in our 1988 survey. Nevertheless, an examination of recent sources shows that snuck is sneaking up on sneaked. Snuck was almost 20 percent more common in newspaper articles published in 1995 than it was in 1985. Snuck also appears in the work of many respected columnists and authors: "He ran up huge hotel bills and then snuck out without paying"(George Stade). "He had snuck away from camp with a cabinmate" (Anne Tyler). "I ducked down behind the paperbacks and snuck out" (Garrison Keillor).

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I'm with you, daagh - this may have been a fair GMAT question in the 1980s when it was overwhelmingly an American test competing with the GRE and its vocabulary emphasis, but the GMAT has evolved to a point at which this isn't a relevant question.

Stationary (standing still) vs. stationery (paper for writing)
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Snuck vs. Sneaked

...just aren't relevant comparisons of pre-MBAs from around the world, many of whom have learned different dialects of English (British vs. American vs. Australian). The GMAT is interested in your problem solving skills and capacity to be efficient; this question doesn't give an opportunity to test either, instead focusing on (as daagh demonstrated) fairly obscure and even subjective knowledge of minor linguistic subtleties.

Please do worry about (eh, not worry about - focus on) big-picture error types like Verb Tense, Subject-Verb Agreement, etc. But even for those of us who have been speaking English for 30 years, the little idiomatic subtleties are hard to pin down, so they don't make for good pre-MBA differentiation and aren't going to be a great use of your study time.
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Please also note the pronouns her and she, both are missing the proper antecedents.
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I might have become blind after all the sentence correction I've done today, but it looks like A is equal to C and so do B and D: could a moderator correct it, please?
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